The Washington Post

‘Girlfriend’ at Signature

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Will and Mike are high school seniors attracted to each other in a small town in Nebraska in the near-past, a time when cassette tapes were still a viable adolescent appliance. Director Matthew Gardiner’s production has us eavesdrop on Will and Mike’s tentative courtship, courtesy of set designer Misha Kachman’s renderings of their bedrooms and, of course, the catchy music and lyrics of Matthew Sweet and story and dialogue by Todd Almond. The rock band is behind a glass partition, of the kind you might find in a recording studio, reinforcin­g the organic level on which teenagers relate to their music, how the anthems of one’s youth sing in you, and around you, and for you. Through June 10 at Signature Theatre. — Peter Marks

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